Oct 7, 2011 3:40 AM by Lee Douglas
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - The Denver Broncos are in such a tight spot at tight end they're converting offensive linemen.
Only to be used in a pinch, of course, and mostly in blocking situations.
After all, the last thing quarterback Kyle Orton wants to do is rifle a pass downfield to tackle Chris Clark or guard Russ Hochstein. Orton has seen their pass-catching skills in practice and even if they're clearly wide open, he'll think twice about letting it fly.
At this rate, Orton may not have a choice.
The Broncos had two healthy tight ends Thursday at practice with rookie Julius Thomas (ankle) out and Daniel Fells (knee) only participating on a limited basis.
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